Best Oculus Rift games of 2017: Robots, shooters, RTS, racing and more

The Oculus Rift is finally available to buy in the UK, but what can you play once you get your hands on one? Here, we showcase some of the best Oculus Rift games available right now.

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Best Oculus Rift games of 2017: Robo Recall

Robo Recall is hands-down our favourite game available for the Oculus Rift right now, and it’ll take something pretty impressive to knock it off the top spot. Robo Recall is essentially a first-person shooter where you ‘recall’ (aka destroy) a bunch of defective robots hell-bent on taking over the world. However, it doesn’t just encourage you to shoot as many robots as possible – it urges you to get creative with it, as the highest scores are achieved by using creative combat tactics and skill shots.

The best part? If you drop your weapons or run out of ammo, you can reach out, grab the robot and rip its head off. Or, if you’re like us, you can beat away swarms of robots using a robot arm that we’d ‘acquired’ moments before. It’s light-hearted chaos, and a great way to let off some steam. If you’re looking for a fun shooter with satisfying shooter mechanics and an intuitive move system, Robo Recall is one to invest in.  

Price: £22.99 from Oculus (Requires Oculus Touch)

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Robo Recall is hands-down our favourite game available for the Oculus Rift right now, and it’ll take something pretty impressive to knock it off the top spot. Robo Recall is essentially a first-person shooter where you ‘recall’ (aka destroy) a bunch of defective robots hell-bent on taking over the world. However, it doesn’t just encourage you to shoot as many robots as possible – it urges you to get creative with it, as the highest scores are achieved by using creative combat tactics and skill shots.

The best part? If you drop your weapons or run out of ammo, you can reach out, grab the robot and rip its head off. Or, if you’re like us, you can beat away swarms of robots using a robot arm that we’d ‘acquired’ moments before. It’s light-hearted chaos, and a great way to let off some steam. If you’re looking for a fun shooter with satisfying shooter mechanics and an intuitive move system, Robo Recall is one to invest in.  

Price: £22.99 from Oculus (Requires Oculus Touch)

Read next: The complete guide to virtual reality: VR headsets, VR games, apps and more

Best Oculus Rift games of 2017: Minecraft VR

Minecraft is arguably one of the most popular games on the planet, and since the days of the Rift Developer Kit, modders have been hard at work adding unofficial VR support to the sandbox game. Fast forward to now and Minecraft has made its first appearance on the Oculus Rift, which can be accessed via the Windows 10 Store or the Oculus Store - the best part is that if you already had Minecraft installed, the update is free!

Minecraft offers the sense of scale that the game had been previously missing and although the game is blocky, those blocks look a lot better in virtual reality.

Price: £7.69 from the Windows Store

Best Oculus Rift games of 2017: Adr1ft

Adr1ft, for those that haven't heard of it, is a PC game (available on Steam right now) that offers something similar to Hollywood blockbuster Gravity - if it was a game, anyway. The game itself is set in the year 2037 and challenges players (or should we say astronauts?) to survive a disaster on a destroyed space station and avoid floating off into the endless void of space. The graphics are impressive, and it should provide users with a beautiful but challenging VR experience. Just make sure you survive, okay?

The game is compatible with the Oculus Rift at the time of writing with support for the HTC Vive coming ‘soon’.

Price: £14.99 on Steam

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Best Oculus Rift games of 2017: EVE: Valkyrie

EVE: Valkyrie is one of, if not the most famous game for the Oculus Rift prior to its release. The spaceship dogfighting simulator isn't to be sniffed at either - it is arguably one of the most polished VR games available at the moment, offering gorgeous graphics and an immersive view that'll make you believe you're sat in the cockpit of your own space ship.

An update due soon will bring extra functionality too, including a new results screen, a new rewards screen and a new ship comparison feature that lets you compare your ship to any in the game. There are also a few changes to the balancing of the game, which should make it more "fair" and thus enjoyable for players.

While the game had always been marketed as an Oculus Rift exclusive, developers CCP Games announced back in 2016 that it'd also be available for the HTC Vive but PlayStation VR too. 

Best Oculus Rift games of 2017: Elite: Dangerous

Elite: Dangerous is amazing, both graphically and in terms of gameplay, and only gets better when experienced in virtual reality. The hugely popular universe-wide sandbox game has seen success after success recently, especially after its well-received Horizons update allowed players to land on planet-size planets. You spend your time in a spaceship (or buggy) cockpit flying through space, dogfighting with enemy players and scavenging with monitors surrounding you displaying various pieces of information about the ship and its environment.

VR makes the experience 100 times better though – with a VR headset on, you are the pilot. You can even look down and see your ‘body’ and if you use a joystick to control the ship in real life, the movements will be mimicked in game. It’s incredibly immersive, and lets you gaze out of the window to hunt down your enemies or take in some of the no doubt beautiful sights you’ll come across throughout the galaxy.

Price: £19.99 for standard edition, £39.99 for Deluxe Edition on Steam

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Best Oculus Rift games of 2017: Subnautica

Subnautica is a fairly interesting game, not because the fish swimming around you aren’t from planet Earth, but because the game is situated at sea. Yeah, you read that right – you’ll spend the entirety of the game in water. As with other survival games, you can craft a number of items from diving equipment to submarines, as well as terraform the sea floor to make it more habitable for your human counterparts. Of course, you’ll need to survive against hostile wildlife, underwater volcanoes and bus-sized jellyfish, but that’s part of the excitement.

The game is already out thanks to Steam’s Early Access program, although the VR element still needs a bit of work according to Steam reviews. Hopefully, the bugs will be squashed soon!

Price: £14.99 on Steam

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Best Oculus Rift games of 2017: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

The idea behind ‘Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes’ is fairly simple – one player is trapped in a virtual room with a ticking bomb while the other players, aka ‘Experts’, have to explain how to defuse the bomb. How? The experts are tasked with deciphering information found in the bomb disposal manual which can be accessed via the Bomb manual website (or printed out for extra fun). While that doesn’t sound too amazing, there’s a twist – the experts can’t see the bomb so discussion is required, and there’s a fairly short time limit.

It looks to be a fun option for gatherings and parties as it gets everybody involved in the game, not just the person using the VR headset. It’s also available for the HTC Vive, and doesn’t necessarily need a headset to be played, it just makes the game more immersive.

Price: £10.99 on Steam

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Best Oculus Rift games of 2017: Radial-G: Racing Revolved

No virtual reality platform would be complete without a first-person driving game, and Radial-G: Racing Revolved provides that with a futuristic twist. While we could be driving around a standard F1 track, Radial-G provides users with futuristic race tracks that don’t adhere to the laws of gravity. Gamers might compare Radial-G to certain theme park rides due to the amount of loops on some tracks, made more fun when experienced in VR. Races are comprised of either online or AI characters and you can go head to head with up to 30 other racers at once.

Price: £18.99 on Steam

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